Each December, the WKBN 27 Caring for Our Community campaign recognizes four teachers across the Valley and surprises them with $500. Teachers apply to win, then a panel picks the entries with the best ideas. We begin Monday by introducing you to our first winner from Champion Middle School.
CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – The Invention Convention at Champion Middle School — run by teacher Jessica Hrubik — allows students to work in teams and to problem solve.
For example, like building a better backpack. The students have been doing this for a year.
For her efforts, Hrubik is a $500 Creative Classroom Winner.
WKBN Anchor Dave Sess presented the prize and talked with her about about the program.
SESS: Explain the Invention Convention and what $500 will help you do?
HRUBIK: We plan to use this to buy a 3-D printer so that the inventions that our students actually make, we can make models of them.
SESS: Now I think there are a lot of students thinking in their head how they are going to use this…
HRUBIK: Absolutely. Use their creativity for whatever their imaginations can create.
SESS: How has this program helped the education?
HRUBIK: It’s helped them to do authentic learning, as well as working with a team and seeing how all of the different subject areas connect.
SESS: Did you ever think you’d win?
HRUBIK: No. (Laughs)
SESS: Well, Merry Christmas — you now have $500 to help this program.
HRUBIK: Alright thank you so much!